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SEVENTY-EIGHTH ANNUAL SESSION
MUSCLE SHOALS BAPTIST ASSOCIATION,
HELD WITH THE
Hartselle baptist (torch, TOorgan temttg, £la.,
September 30, and October 1 . a and 3, 1B97-
Elder R. T. WEAR, Moderator,
Elder JOS. SHACKELFORD, Clerk,
W. D. LRWIJ4, TREASURER..
Mt. Hope, Ala.
Executive Board, Moulton, Ala.
Jocrdan White, J. M. Kitchens, ' J. M. Shoemaker,
A. W. Bailey, J. N. Bragg, H. B. Irwin,
J. G. Orr^ J.B. Tidweli J.A.Walker,
W.D.Irwin, J. M. Sandlin, J.N.Jackson,
Wm. East, W. D. Irwin, Treas
Board Of Ministerial Education, Danville, Ala.
Joseph Shackeldord, J. M.' Kitchens, J. G. Orr v G. C- Hardwick,
C. T. Wallace, Byrd Gibson, Joseph Sand I in.
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ORDER OF BUSINESS.
Introductory Sermon at 11 a. m. Thursday.
After intermission— Thursday afternoon— the Modera-
tor shall call the Association to order and appoint
Reading Clerks. '
Read letters from the churches and enroll delegates.
Call for petitionary letters.
Call for correspondence from other bodies.
Invite visiting brethren to-seats with us.
Appointment of Committees, viz: 1— Oh Devotional
Exercises. 2— Stale of Religion. 3— Deceased Minis-
ters. 4— Documents. 5— Finance Committee.
Call for report of Board of Trustees of North Alabama
Baptist Collegiate Institute and Normal School at
Call for report of Executive Board.
Friday Morning— Religious Exercises one half hour.
Appt "nt. messengers to corresponding bodies.
Call fo- Treasurer's Report.
Call for Report, of Board of Ministerial Education.
Report of Missionaries.
Report of Standing Committees in the order of tneir
Report of other Committees in their order. -
Appoint Time and Place of next meetingand the preach-
ing of the introductory sermon and the alternate.
Read the minutes, call the roll and adjourn.
The next session will be held with Enon Church, Lawrence
Co., commencing on Thursday before the first Sabbath in
NAMES OF ORDA1 O MINISTERS AND THEIR POSTOFFICE.
Austin, W.H.,. ..R *<ielvill*.
Bragg, T. R anville.
*Blackman, J. R. . Co rtland.
•Briscoe, Marion . 1 .nville.
♦Briscoe, A. W T> vnville.
•Briscoe, W. J F Jkville.
•Bradford, Isaac Avoca.
•Cobbs, W. T F Jkviile.
•Churchwell, J. J. . Moulton.
Dawson. J. D Tow i Creek.
•David, F. C. . New ,>»catur.
•Evans, James,. Russelvi'le.
•Gun n, Jackson . . Trinity.
Gibson, J. S Ml. Hope.
Hembree, J. H Danville.
•McClauahan, J. D.Hartselle.
Martin. T. S Danville.
Norwood, R .. . Courtland.
♦Roan, J. E Somerville.
•Roberts, J- M. Town Creek.
Riohey, J. L Danville
•Shackelford, Jos. Danville..
•Sandlin, J. W Moulton.
Stephenson, E. D. Danville.
•Stockton, J. I Simpson.
Smith, W. G. W. . Falkville.
•Wear, R. T Mt. Hope.
•Wear, L. A . . Landersville.
•Wright, W. E.. . Somerville.
Wright, J. S. . Somerville.
Kilpatrick, J. B.. . Danville.
Note— Those marked with*, are regularly engaged in
preaching to from 1 to 4 churches.
ORMMnm -•:'-.'/: MttRPf .-
The Delegates composing the Seventy-eighth Session of the Muscle
Shoals Association of Baptists, convened with the Hartselle Baptist
Church, Morgan County, Alabama, Thursday, September the 30th, 1897,
at 11 o'clock. A. M.
Elder A. J. Thames read the 14th chapter of Exodus. After singing,
prayer was made by Elder J. L. Stockton. After another song, Elder
Joseph Shackelford offered prayer. The introductory sermon was then
preached by Elder A. J. Thames. His subject was obedience to God's
commands, founded on the incident related in the chapter read; the
Israelites crossing the Red Sea. The sermon was practical and appro-
priate to the occasion. After the sermon the congregation was dis-
missed for one hour and a half. Prayer by the Moderator.
The Association assembled at the appointed time. After singing and
prayer by Elder Mack Stamps, Elder R. T. Wear, the former Moderator,
called the Association to order and declared the body ready for business.
The former Clerk, Elder Joseph Shackelford, took his place at the
Bros. M. Stamps, J. M. Roberts and John A. Tbomason were appoint-
ed reading Clerks. The letters from the churches were then called for
and read, and the names of delegates enrolled, as follows :
Bethel (C) W. M. Holliman.
Bethel (M) F. M. Reeves, J. C. Love, J. W. Stephenson.
Central New Decatur : J. A. Tbomason, R. H. Allison, W. R. Spight.
Cherry Hill : Letter, do delegates.
Enon : J. W. McMillan, T. H. Sullivan J. T. Wallace.
Decatur, 1st : Letter, no delegates.
Danville: Jos. Shackelford, J. B. Kilpatrick, J. G. Orr.
Harmony : J. A. Walker, Clarence Gillespie.
Pleasant Hill (L) : S. D. Cartel.
Falkville: J. B. Sherrill, W. T. Cobbs, E. L. Hays.
Liberty : M. Odell, L. A. Waidrep.
Gum Spring (L): Letter, no delegates.
Mission Grove : R. C. Reed.
Mt. Neoo (M): J. R. Witt, John Gibson, R. B. Miuter.
M*. Nebo (F) : R. L. Quinn.
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Mt. Zion <L.) : J. H. Butler, C. C. Willis, J. Ii. Richey.
Man* Ionia ( M) : J. S. Bruinlow, Burt McOullock.
Mr. Hope: J. S. Gibson.
Mt. IMsgah : Geo. H. Hughes, R. B. Day, J. W. Petty.
Plea-ant Grove : T. R. Bragg, J. J. Churchwell, R. M.
Okolona: James Campbell, J. C. Reed.
New Decatur : Letter, no delegates.
New Prospect: M. H. Masterson, W. V. Willis.
Prospect : J. E. Leeman, J- T. Wat kins.
New Friendship: W. E. Wright, R. M. Bell.
New Centre: M. T. Blankenship, F. S. Ferguson, W. M. Bryant.
Russt ville: James Evans, J. O. A. Pace.
Pleas'iit Hill (M) : George W. Russell, Jos. Robineon, A. Y. Stewart.
Rockj Creek : J. P. Scruggs, J. C. Allison, Hardin Oden.
Sheffield: Mack Stamps.
Somerville : J. E. Weaver, J. E. Roan.
Tuscumbia : C. A. Womble, A. J. Thames.
Town Creek : R. T. Wear.
Hopewell : J. Hembree Willis W. Orr, William Nance.
Si loam : Letter, no delegates.
Shady Grove: C. M. Livingston. E. T. Moone, J. F. Daniel.
Trinity : J. I. Stockton, W. R. Frazier.
Cave Spring: James Ratlitfe, W. C. Collier.
Gurtf Spring (M): J.N.Lee, W. M. Roan.
There being no other letters presented the Moderator announced that
the Assvwiation would proceed to the election of its officers. Brothers
Thames and Evans were appointed tellers to take and count the vote.—
During the counting of the vote the Association engaged in singing
The tellers announced that Elder R. T. Wear was elected Modera-
tor and Elder Jos. Shackelford, Clerk.
The Moderator returned thanks for the honor conferred, and asked
the assistance of the brethren in conducting the business of the Asso-
On motion, the order of business as printed in the minutes of last
year was adopted.
On call for petitionary letters the Moderator announced that he had
a letter from a new church near Courtland, Ala., called Oakland, which
petitioned for membership in the Association, % but there were no dele-
gates present, and according to the constitution, it could not be admit-
Elder J. M. Simpson was received as a correspondent from Gilliam
Springs Association, also Elder P. M. Musgrove was received as a cor-
respondent from Cullman Association.
On motion, the report of the Trustees of the Danville School was
made the special order of business for the evening session.
The Moderator read an invitation from the pastor of the M. E. Church,
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and Dr. A.R. Wilson, tendering the use of their house of worship to
On motion adjourned to meet at 7 :30 o'clock to-night. Prayer by
Elder F. C. David.
EVENING SESSION — 7 :80 P. M.
The Association met pursuant to adjournment. Prayer by Bro. J.
Evans. The special order, the report of the Trustees of the Danville
School was taken up, and the report was read by the Clerk. On motion
to receive and spread the report on the Minutes, Bro. Shackelford ad-
dressed the Association in behalf of the school. He was followed by
Bro. J. Evans, after which the motion was adopted.
REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES OF THE DANVILLE SCHOOL
TO THE MUSCLE SHOALS ASSOCIATION.
The Board of Trustees of the North Alabama Baptist Collegiate Insti-
tute and Normal School at Danville, Ala., beg leave to make this, their
fifth annual report, to your body : The school closed its fourth session in
June last, with a total enrollment of 122. This was an increase over
the previous session of nearly 83 per cent. We had three graduates in
the English course. The Commencement Exercises passed off success-
fully, with a larger attendance of visitors than we have ever had. The
number of boarding pupils was increased over 56 per cent. Prof. D. F.
Green having: declined a re-election as President of the school, the
trustees elected Rev. J. Bunyau Kilpatrick as President of the school,
and Mrs. Ella Kilpatrick as Principal of tne Primary and Preparatory
Departments. Prof. T. H. Johnson, a graduate of the school, was
elected Professor of Latin and Greek. Miss Susie Shackelford, also a
graduate of the school, was elected Teacher of Music. Miss Bettie
Burleson was selected by the President, with the approval of the Board,
as Teacher of Art and the Guitar. Also, Rev. T. M. Thomas, Profes-
sor of Bookkeeping and Banking. The trustees also reduced the terms
of tuition. They also made arrangements by which twenty boys can
secure rooms in the college building, by the payment of 50 cents per
month room rent — they furnishing their rooms. By this arrangement
the expense of board can be reduced to from $5.00 to $6.00 per month.
We refer you to Catalogue of School for information concerning the
terms of tuition and the character of Prof. Kilpatrick as an educator.
He is an experienced teacher, and comes to us most highly recommend-
ed. The other teachers are fully competent to perform the duties as-
signed them. The fifth session of che school commenced on the 6th of
September. The opening exceeded our expectations There were en-
rolled the first week sixty-five pupils. Up to this time. September 30th,
we have eighty pupils enrolled, and the school is moving along smooth-
ly. We have the promise of a number of students who will enter later.
We think our boarding patronage will exceed that of last session. We
think the prospect is good to increase the uumber of pupils this session
over last, at least from 25 to 30 per cent. Our growth is slow, but sure.
Our school is gaining reputation as a christian school, and for thorough-
ness in its instruction. We are more and more impressed with the
conviction that the Baptists of North Alabama need such a school as we
are trying to m*ke this. We are striving to build up a christian school,
where the Bible is taught and christian principles are instilled into the
minds of the students. A thorough school, where no mere surface work
is done; an economical school, where the. prices of tuition and board
will enable poor boys and girls to secure an education, and yet not so
low as not to pvp the teachers a living;. Our motto is "Live and Let
, Live." Patrons cannot expect teachers to teach for nothing, and
boarding house keepers to board for nothing. We have put board and
tuition at the lowest possible rates to sustain ourselves. We do not
propose to do shoddy work, nor to give shoddy board in order to get a
reputation for cheapness. Ch»»ap goods are generally dearest in the
end. Duriner the past session we have had five young ministers in at-
tendance, four from Muscle Shoals Association and one from the Big
Bear Creek Association. We have, up to this time, three young minis-
ters, and expect more. One of the primary objects of this school is to
educate young ministers, to help them, and prepare those who may
wish to go further than our course of study wi'l carry them, to enter
the higher classes of Howard College. We can do this with much less
expense than it can be done at the Howard, as board is much cheaper —
at least 25 per cent, cheaper. We give them the same instruction that
they receive in the Freshman and Sophomore classes of that school.
Your Association has been sending its ministerial students to our
school. We trust you will continue to do so. Our Board at the last ses-
sion, passed a resolution, to which we desire to call your attention.
This resolution was in the nature of a request. That Associations that
may assist ministerial students, be requested to let a part of their con-
tributions for this purpose be applied to paying one half of the tuition
of each student. As we have no permanent fund, out of which we can
pay stated salaries to our teachers, and they have to depend on the tu-
ition fees for their support, it is manifestly unjust to ask them to bear
so great a burden as giving all the tuition to ministerial students. Last
session our teachers gave over $120.00 to ministerial studendts in the
way of tuition. The denomination -ought to bear at least half of the
expense. The Board also passed a resolution looking to the raisins: of
an endowment of $26,000.00 for the President's chair. When an effort
will be made to raise this amount, has not been determined as yet. We
mention it in this report that our brethren may know that vour Board
has this matter under consideration, and that we contemplate placing
the institution upon a firmer basis. The great need we have now is a
better patronage from the Baptists of North Alabama. We think our
school deserves the patronage of Baptists especially, as it is a Baptist
school. We have good teachers, and our course of study is equal to any
school of the same grade in the state. Why not patronize your own
school? The term of the following trustees expires at this session of
yonr body, viz : Rev. Joseph Shackelford, Dr. J. M. Kitchens and T. L.
Baker. Their places will have to be filled, either by re-election or the
appointment of others. Respectfully submitted,
Joseph Shackelford, President of Board.
T. L. Baker, Secretary.
Danville, Alabama, September 30th, 1897.
Bro. M. Stamps offered the following, which was adopted : "Where-
as, the brethren of the M. £. Church have so kindly tendered us the use
of their church during the present session of the Association, there-
fore Resolved, That we express our hearty appreciation of their gener-
ous offer, assuring them that we will use it if we have occasion to do so."
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The Moderator announced the following committees to report at this
On Devotional Exercises— Pastor and Deacons of Hartselle Church
with J. T. Wallace and John A. Thomason.
On State Religion— J. E. Weaver, Frank Chenault, J. H. Butler.
On Deceased Ministers— J. O. A. Pace, J. Evans, R. L. Quinn.
On Documents— J. D. McClanahan, T. R. Bragg, J. L. Richey
On Finance— C. A. Womble, G. H. Hughes J. A. Thomason.
On motion, the Association adjourned to 8:30 Friday roorhine
Prayer by Bro. T. R. Bragg. e '
SECOND DAY'S PROCEEDINGS.
Friday, October 1, 8 :30 a. m.
The Devotional Exercises were led by Bro. F. C. David, after which the
Moderator called the Association to order. The Minutes of yesterday
were read and approved. On motion of Bro. A. J. Thames, the Modera-
tor waa authorized to appoint members of Standing Committees in
place of the brethren who were absent. Delayed letters were handed
in and read and names of delegates enrolled as follows :
Hartselle Church— J. D. McClanahan, J. W. Loggins, D. A. Burleson
Hillsboro — W. A. Aycock.
Center Grove — Win. Ryan, E. W. Batliffe.
Salem — Letter, no delegate.
Mt. Zion (M)— A. J. Patterson, J. W. Thompson, J. T. Tapscott.
Elder J. A. Howard, of the Alabama Baptist, was received as a repre-
sentative of that paper.
REPORT OF EXECUTIVE BOARD.
The clerk read the report of the Executive Board, which was ordered
to be spread upon the minutes, as follows :
Dear Brethren :— Your Board held its first meeting October 23rd
1896. Members present, Bros. O. D. Gibson, J. G. Orr, W. D. Irvin r'
M. Simpson, J. M. Shoemaker and J. M. Sandlin. Bro. O. D. Gibson
was elected Chairman and Bro. J. M. Sandlin, Secretary. At the meet-
ing Elder J. M. Roberts was employed to do the missionary work in
the territory north of the Memphis and Charleston Railroad, between
the river and the railroad, and pastoral work for the churches in that
territory. He to receive one hundred dollars for bis work. Elder Jos.
Shackelford was employed to do missionary work throughout the Asso-
ciation at a salary of $*) per month, for time actually employed in such
work, to commence the first of November, or as soon thereafter as con-
venient. It was also ordered by the Board that all persons employed
by the Board be requested to make monthly reports of their work to
the Board, which has been promptly complied with. The Board also
appropriated $10 to buy tracts for distribution by the general mission-
ary. The second meeting of the Board was held, February 25, 1897 —
Members present, Bros. W. D. and H. B. Irvin, Dr. R. M. Simpson, J
M. Shoemaker and J. M. Sandlin. Bro. H. B. Irvin was made tempo-
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rary chairman. At this meeting Elder J. O. A. Pace was employed as
missionary to work in the western portion of the Association, at a sal-
ary of $30 per month, he to commence work the first of June. At this
meeting it was announced that Brother O. D. Gibson, our chairman,
had departed this life. The secretary was authorized to write to ail
the members of the Board to meet on the first of May, which was done,
but no quorum met, and we have been unable to have a meeting since.
In the meantime another member of the Board, Dr. R. M. Simpson, de-
parted this life. An effort has been made to secure a quorum, but un-
successful. We would suggest that the Executive Board be appointed
so as to have as many in the same locality as possible; it is impossible
to get a quorum, located as they are at present. We refer you for in-
formation as to the work that has been done to the reports of our mis-
sionaries. The Board is pained to announce that two of our most effi-
cient and active members have departed this life, Bros. O. D. Gibson
and R. M. Simpson. Bro. Gibson, the chairman of the Board, died on
the 24th day of December, 1896. We Have sorely felt bis loss. He was
active and energetic in the work committed to his hands, and took a
great interest-in the work of the Board. Dr. R. M. Simpson died on
the 24th of April, 1897. He was generally prompt in his attendance
upon the meetings of the Board up to his last sickness, and took an ac-
tive interest in the work.
Respectfully submitted, ,
J. M Sandlin, H. B. Ibvin,
Secretary, Chairmun, pro. tem.
VACANCIES IN STANDING COMMITTEES.
The Moderator announced the appointment of the following breth-
ren to fill vacancies in standing committees:
On State Missions, F. C. David.
On Education— J. Evans, Marion Briscoe, J. N. Bragg, James Reed.
An invitation was read from Prof. Riddle, of the Hartselle College,
inviting the Association to visit that school.
Bro. J. I.Stockton aicved that a committee be appointed to notice
the deaths of Bros. O. D. Gibson and Dr. R. M. Simpson, members of
the Executive Board, committee to consist of Bro. W. D. Irwin and
two others, to be appointed by the Moderator. The motion was adopt-
ed, and the Moderator appointed Bros. J. G. A. Pace and J. J. Church-
well as the other two members.
CORRESPONDENTS TO OTHER BODIES.
The following brethren were appointed messengers to the bodies with
whom we correspond :
To Liberty Association — J. L. Stockton, J. M. Roberts, Jos. Shackel-
Florence Association— J. O. A. Pace, C. A. Womble.
Gilliam Springs Association— J. E. Weaver, W. M. Roan.
Colbert Association— J. Evans, J. O. A. Pace, Jos. Shackelford, J. C.
Bear Creek Association— J. S. Gibson, R. T. Wear, J. N. Bragg, J.
Evans, J. O. A. Pace.
Pullman Association— J. C. Orr. J. S. Gibson, W. r. Cobbs.
State Convention— Jos. Shackelford, M. Briscoe, M. Stamps, A. J.
Thames, J. A. Thoniaspn J. O. A. Pace, J. 8. Gibson, J. Evaus, E. D
Stephenson, R. T. Wear, J. C. Orr.
It was moved and adopted, that any member of this body who shall
be present at the meetings of any of the bodies with whom we corres-
pond, is authorized to represent this Association.
Southern Baptist Convention.— Bro. M. Briscoe was elected a del-
egate to the Southern Baptist Convention and Bro. T. H. Johnson as
Note by the Clerk.— Bro. Jos. Shackelford was at first elected delegate to th«« S B
Convention and Bro. Briscoe, alternate, but Bro. Shackelford afterwards resigned and
then the above action was taken on Saturday
BEPOBT OF THE BOABD OF MINISTERIAL EDUCATION.
The report of the Board of Ministerial Education was
Clerk, and on motion was received and ordered to be
minutes, as follows:
Dear Brethren :— The first meeting of your Board for the past As-
sociational year, was held at Danville, October 8. 1896. Members pres-
ent were Bros. J. G. Orr, Joseph Shackelford, J T Wallace, and James
Sandlin— a quorum. The Secretary reported that about $245 00 was
p'edged at the Association for Ministerial Education, besides a special
subscription by the friends of bro. J. L. Richey for his support, amount-
ing to $860 00. The application for aid from Bro. J. L. Richey of Mt
Zion church, and Bro. Emmet Tubbs of Town Creek church, were laid
before the Board and considered. The name of Bro. R. L. Quinn, whom
the Board ha* been helping, was also presented. The name of Rev.
Albert Briscoe was also presented as a worthy brother and promising
young preacher. The Board appropriated $70, each, to Bros. Richey
Tubbs and Quinn, and $36 to Bro. Albert Briscoe. Subsequently, Bro.
Briscoe declined to fake anything. At the time the appropriation was
made, Bro. Briscoe was a member of Cullman church, but as we under-
stood designed making Falkvitle his home, and had accepted the pas-
toral care of Hopewell church. All of these brethren atteuded the
Danville school during the last session. The Board has had some diffi-
culty in collecting the pledges. At the beginning of the year we were
confronted with a debt of about $28 78, which had to come out of the
first money collected at the Association. During: the year the Secre-
tary has made an earnest effort to collect the pledges. He has suc-
ceeded in collecting $124 42 in addition to $28 79 turned over to him by
W. D. Irwin, treasurer of the Association. There has been paid the
following amounts to the brethren named, leaving a ballance due them
as stated :
To B. L. Quinn,
" J. L. Richey,
" Emmet Tubbs,
Paid $39 09
" 48 35
'• 38 30
Balance due, $30 71
* " 21 65
" 31 70
Total amount due, - - - - - _ $8g jg
Of pledges by churches and individuals unpaid, we have about $100,00
— enough to pay our indebtedness. We trust the churches and indi-
viduals who pledged, will send up the amount of their pledges to the
Association. Bro. R. L. Quinn, one of our beneficiaries, graduated at
the last commencement of the Danville school. Whether it is his pur-
pose to go on further with his education and attend Howard College,
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we do Dot know. We think this would be the wiser plan. Your Board
would suggest, that it be impressed upon the minds of the brethren
that the amount pledged for Ministerial Education, should be paid as
early as possible after the meeting of the Association. The Treasurer
presents his report, which is approved by the Board.
J. 6. Orb, President of Board.
Jos. Shackelford, Secretary.
REPORT OF TREASURER OF BOARD OF MINISTERIAL EDUCATION.
Jos. Shackelford, Treasurer,
In account with the Board of Ministerial Education.
Oct. 3. To cash from W. D. Irwin, Treasurer of Association, $ 29 79
3. T. H. Johnson, Pledge, 5 00
" 8. George Jackson, 5 00
" 8. Collected at Association, A. L. Moody,. . 5 00
8. « ** " J. C. Vincent. . 7 60
3. " " » W. T. Cobbs$l,
W. M. Jolly, $1.00 2 00
'* 3. Hat collection <, 5 64
Nov. 19. J. E. Tubbs, 1 00
Dec. 16. Russellville Sunday School 1 50
" 16. Mt. Nebo Church, (F. C.) per Wm. East. . 8 40
Oct. 3. A. J. Thames, $1., Mrs. Mat Masterson,$l, 2 00
3. Association not included in above 1 50
Dec. 29. Salem Church, per R. T. Wear,. 2 10
" 29. Macedonia Church, per R. T. Wear,.. 2 12
" 29. Mrs. Lina Wear, per L. A. Wear 1 00
" 31. Moulton Church, 5 00
" 81. Macedonia Church at Association 60
Jan. 8. Ofcalona Church, per W. D. Irwin, 2 85
** 10. Liberty •« Collections,. 2 00
" 21. Enon « per Bro. West 125
" 31. Trinity " « J. I. Stockton, 60
Feb. 13. Hopewell " " A. Briscoe 2 25
Mar. 7. Tuscumbia Church, 2 05
. " 8. • Frank King 1 00
," 8. Pleasant Hill Church, 2 00
" .8. Trinity Church, per J. I. Stockton, 40
u 13. Mt. Hope Church, per R. T. Wear, 5 00
" 18. Town Creek Church, per " " 10 00
**• 13. Danville •« " J. S., 5 00
" 18. Enon " " J.T.Wallace... 100
" 14. Hopewell " •' A.Briscoe 175
" 25. " Russellville Sunday School, 3 50
11 29. L. M. Wear $1.00, Mrs. W. D. Bynum $1, 2 00
" 29. First Church, New Decatur, 6 50
" 29. Town Creek Sunday School 2 50
Apr. 3. Danville Church, per D. F. Green, 100
" 28. Falkville •' " W T. Cobbs 60
" 24. James Ratliffe, Cave Spring Church, 1 00
%i 24. J. W. Sandlin, pledge, 5 00
" 24. Moulton Church, per W. D. Irwin, 4 00
" 30. Trinity Church, 160
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To cash from Okolona 3 15
Bro. Cowan, pledge, Town Creek Church', 1 25
Shady Grove Church, i qo
Mt. Zion (L), 3 00
By cash paid T. H. Johnson, $ 22 12
R. L. Quinn 3 50
" " to J. Shackelford, for board,. 8 16
R. L. Qumn, J. S., 8 00
J . L. Richey 3 00
" ,„ " for books, ...;... 2 45
J. E. Tubbs, 1000
I. .L. Richey, 6 00
- R. L. Quinn, board, 14 00
J. L. Richey, ........' * 3 00
J. L. Richey,
J. E. Tubbs.
to Mr. Speake. .'.'.'.'.'.'.'..'.'.
J. L. Richey
J. E. Tubbs, per Mr. Speake! .........
J. L. Richey ...
J. E. Tubbs,
R. L. Quinn,
J. L. Richey,. ....
J. E. Tubbs
J. L. Richey,
J. E. Tubbs,
J. L. Richey, per D. F. Green,' .......
R. L, Quinn,
R. L. Quinn, to J/Shackelford, '." .
J. L. Richey, $2.50, J. E. Tubbs, $2.50,.
J. L. Richey
C. Speake, for J. E. Tubbs,
R. L. Quinn, for Shackelford
" tt tt .t
For postage and postal cards,
J. L. Richey, on order to J. G. Orr.
« , . 1166 20
Jos. Shackelford, Treasurer.
BEPORT8 OF MISSIONARIES.
The Moderator called for the report of missionaries. Elder J. O. A.
Pace made his report as follows :
Report of J. O. A. Pace for work done in Muscle Shoals Association :
Dear Brethren: I was appointed by your Executive Board to labor
in the western boundary of the Association, beginning June 1st, on a
salary of $30 00 per month. The following is my report :
Miles traveled, . . 724
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Family visits made, -,•■
Sunday School a Idresses made, '
Days actually employed, - '*
Copies of bibles and testaments sold, «»
Copies of Biblesand testaments given away, ""
Received from Mr. Zion Church,
Fifth Sunday meeting. Siloam Church; - fle
Received from William Irwin, treasurer, $ 6b 20
Balance due me, 2rf uo
J. A. O
Elder Jos. Shackelford made his report as follows, which was received :
SHACKELFORD, EVANGELIST AND COLPOBTEB FOB THE
MUSCLE SHOALS ASSOCIATION.
BEPOBT OF JOS.
Deab Brethben: I was employed by your Executive Board to work
as an evangelist and colporter within the territory of the Muscle Shoals
Association, at a salary of $40 per month for time actually engaged id
the work The Board furnished me «5 00 with which to purchase
tracts bibles and testaments for free distribution, where I thought it
was proper to do so. Other books, bibles and testaments, I furnished
mvself with my own means. I commenced work on the 22nd of No-
vember 1896. The following is a consolidated report of my work up
to date.' I have made monthly reports of my work to the Board as re-
Time empioyed in days, 159— months, 6 and 9 days.
Exhortations and addresses,
Prayer meetings attended, •» •
Books sold, value,. - * t ™
Bibles, testaments and tracts, donated, J> f>
Money collected for Ministerial Education, 32
Money collected for missions, : 78 20
This money for missions was eoJIeotedfroni the following churches
Danville church, $29 53
J. Ratliffe, Cave Spring church,. 1
Central; New Decatur, • 4
Pleasant Grove, 6
Macedonia, in Franklin,
Joseph Shackelford, pledge, 5
Trinity church, $ 1 30
Somerville church, 4 43
Mt. Pisgah, 50
Hillsboro, 7 77
1st church, Decatur,. 11 83
A. L. Moody, correction
in F. C. report, 5 00
Danville S. School, . 1 50
Total collected, $78 70
Total amount for services for 5 months and 9 days, $212 00
Received from W. D. Irwin, Treasurer, on this, 170 00
Cash in my hands. *' 5 "
Balance due me,
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The money collected by me for Ministerial Education, and mentioned
in this report, will appear in my report as Treasurer of the Board «.f
Ministerial Education, credited to the church, which paid the same.
My work has been about on the same plan as that of last year, that is,
visiting the churches and trying to arouse them to more activity in the
Master's cause. I think the interest in religious matters, both among
the members of our churches and among the people generally, is much
better this year than it was last year. Better congregations have met
meat my appointments, as a general thing. There does not seem to
be so much apathy and indifference upon the part of the ohuroh nn m-
bers. More money has been collected for Missions and Ministerial Ed-
ucation. There have been several new houses of worship built, and
some very good meetings. - Most of the churches in the Association
have had good meetings. Their letters will show the. ingathering. I
have visited all the churches in the Association except two or t» i ree.
I had appointments for these, but for various reasons did not get In
them. To one I did not go, because of illness; to another, because I
understood that my appointment was not circulated. 1 desire to call
your attention to several points where I think t tie Association might
profitably spend some money in maintaining preaching : Center Grove,
in the Eastern part of Morgan county, has bad no regular preaching
this year. They have a good house ol worship, and in a good commu-
nity. The membership is small, and they need help to maintain regu-
lar preaching. This church occupies a central position, so far as popu-
lation is concerned, and should not be permitted to go down if it can
be helped. Fifty dollars spent here to supplement the salary of an
efficient pastor would be money well expended, in my opinion The
Friendship Church needs help; their house of worship was burned last
year. They have built them a new one; it is not finished, but they hold
meetings in it. They had a glorious meeting there a lew months ago,
and the pastor baptized over th rty-five. There was a large addition
to the church. Financially, the church is weak, and ought to be helped.
Friendship Church ought to be assisted. It is in a better condition
now than it has been for years. Bro. Marion Briscoe has been its pas-
tor for two years, and it has made some progress under his care. It is
very weak, however. If the salary of its pastor was supplemented this
year I think it would be able to stand by itself. It is on rising ground.
A new church constituted a short time since near Courtland, ought to
be assisted. I have preached at Slower Hill school house, near Hills-
boro, this year. We have had good congregations. Bro. Roberts and
myself conducted a meeting of several days there about the first of
August. We had fine congregations, and I think good was done. It
would be well to have this point cultivated. After two years experi-
ence in the mission work, I am convinced that the best policy for this
Association to pursue in cultivating the large field within our territory,
is to assist weak churches that are unable to sustain efficient pastors,
where there is a good prospect for growth, and to cultivate a few prom-
inent points that are destitute of Baptist preaching; and in the sum-
mer and fall months, say from June to the last of November, have one
or two missionaries or evangelists in the field who will hold meetings
in destitute localities, or with weak churci.es. I am satisfied that this
will be the most effective mode of doing' our missionary work. I
preached in Courtland for several months, but discontinued my ap-
pointments there after making a fair trial, as I thought. I had no house
that we could call our own. The Presbyterian and Methodist breth-
ren very kindly offered me the. use of their houses of worship. I
preached in both of them. If we ever do anything there to build up
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the Baptist cause, we must have a plane of worship of our own, where
we can have services on the Sabbath. I trust the way will be opened
before long, when we can secure a preaching place. I assisted Bro.
Weaver in holding a meeting with Rocky Creek church, in connection
with Bro. J. D. McClanahan. We had a good meeting. There were a
number of conversions, and eiftht or nine additions to the church.
Danville, Ala., Sept.. 28, 189T.
Elder J. M. Roberts made his report as follows, which was received :
I was employed by your Board to work north of the M. & C. Rail-
road as pastor of Liberty, Mt. Stanley; Mt. Pleasant, and Mission Grove
churches, and to preach at such other points as I thought best, and for
which they agreed to pay me $100 00. I began work on the 7th of No-
vember, 1896, and have preached one hundred sermons, delivered two
missionary lectures, two prayer meeting talks, organized two Sunday
Schools, assisted in the ordination of three deacons, made 84 visits for
religious conversation, witnessed 12 conversions, baptized 17, traveled,
by estimate, 565 miles, collected for missions from
Liberty church, 1897, $6 76
M . Stanley, 1896, 4 25
« 1897, 10 00
Mi. Pleasant, 5 00
Total... 26 01
$ 73 00
J. M. Roberts
REPORTS OF SI \NDING COMMITTEES.
Reports of standing commit It a on missions were then called for.—
The following reports were the. read, and the subject of missions was
made the special order for 7 :80 < fjlock to-night, on motion of Brother
Report on State mission was r ad by Bro. F. C. David. Report on
Foreign missions was read by ♦' a Clerk. Report on Associational mis-
sions was read by Bro. J. I. Sto< kton.
Report on Home missions w« read by the Clerk.
Bro. Howard, agent for the A abama Baptist, was permitted to pre-
sent the claims of that paper to the Association, which he did in a
good speech full of good sense n id humor.
On motion the subject of Education was made the special order of
business the first thing after di^rier.
A letter from Lebanon churc! was read and the names of delegates
enrolled, as follows : W. H. Jun- ns, H. C. Barkiey, and G. W. Hardin.
On motion, adjourned to 1 :80 p. m. Prayer by Bro. J. A. Howard.
AFTER "OON SESSION.
After singing, and prayer by ro. W. T. Cobbs, the Moderator called
the Association to order. '
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Bro. D. A. Burleson called the attention of th»» Association to the
fact thai the President of the Hartselle College, Prof. Riddle, had in-
vited the Association to visit his school, which invitation bad been
overlooked. He moved that a committee of 12 be Appointed by the
Moderator to visit the Hartselle College at 4, p. m., to-day, in compli-
ance with the request of the President.
The motion was unanimously adopted, and ihe Moderator appointed
the following brethren on said committee: J. E. Weaver, J. S. Gibson,
A. J. Thames, J. I. Stockton, F. C. David, J. Evans, J. B. Kilpatrick, J.
B. Sherrill, M. A. Ratliffe, B. B. Day, J. R. Witt, T. H. Sullivan.
The report on Ministerial Education was read by Bro. W. T. Cobbs.
While waiting for the report on education, Bro. J. B. Sherrill asked
the privilege of speaking to the Association in behalf of Bro. W. T.
Cobbs. He stated that the Falkville church and people had been try-
ing to build a home for Bro. Cobbs. It was not completed, and Bro. Cobbs
needed help to finish it. He asked the brethren to help him. A col-
lection was then taken for this purpose, amounting to $5 83.
The subject of Ministerial Education was then taken up and discuss-
ed by Bros. Jos. Shackelford, J. M. Roberts, J. A. Howard, M. Stamps,
A. J. Thames and F. C. David, after which pledges were taken from the
churches. Sabbath schools, and individuals, and a cash collection
amounting in all to $200 16, as follows :
PLEDGES FBOM CHURCHES AND SUNDAY 8CHOOL8.
Bethel (M). .' $ 2 00 Central New Decatur $ 5 00
Center Grove, per Mr. Ratlitf 2 00 Cherry Hill 5 00
Danville 10 00
Harmony, per J. A. Walker.
pd. *1, 2 00
Hopewell, 5 00
Macedonia (F.), 2 00
Mt. Nebo, (F.) 10 00
Mt. Pisgah, pd. F. C, 6 00
New Prospect 1 00
New Decatur, 1st, 10 00
Pleasant Grove 5 00
Enon 2 50
Hillsboro 5 00
Hartselle, 5 00
Mt.Zion, (L.) 2 00
Mt. Hope 6 00
Moulton, 10 00
Falkville 1 00
Okoloua 5 00
Okolr.na, per J. C. Reed, pd.. 1 00
Russellvilie, 5 00
Shady Grove 1 00
Pleasant Hill (M) 2 00 Pleasant Hill, (L.),. . l 00
Trinity, .... 2 50 Town Creek 10 00
Cave Springs, per J. Ratlitf.. 100
?* $64 50
Central New Decatur $5 00 Moulton $5 00
Danville 2 fiO Mt.Zion ( L), per C.C. Willis, 100
Hartselle, 2 50 Town Creek, per R. T. Wear, 2 50
Russellvilie Ladies' Aid So-
*«iety 500 I860
J. M. Roberts
A. W. Briscoe, pd
R. L. Quinn
J. T. Wallace.
J. A. Walker f 1
Willis Orr. 1
F. C. David and wife 2
H. E. Kelly '. . . . 2
Elsie E. Gibson 1
Miss Mertie L. Johnson
Hat collections 5
Total from churches
Total from Sunday Schools
Total from Individuals..
Jos. Shackelford $500
W. T.Cobbs 2 00
A Brother 10 00
J. H.Norwood 1 00
W. M. Roan, pd 1 00
J. R. Witt, 1 00
Msss Ethel and Sal lie Rob-
erts, by Father, 2 00
W. G. Williamson 1 00
Fannie Patterson . 2 00
Miss Hutcherson,pd 1 00
Falkville, per Prof. Hayes, pd 1 00
. 23 50
Total pledges and cash, for Ministerial Education, $200 16
[Notk: — The pledges taken on Friday and Saturday are put together
in the above.]
The Report on Education was then read by Bro. J. Evans, and on mo-
tion the subject of Education was made the special order for to-morrow
at 10:00, a. m.
Adjourned to meet at 7 :30, p. m. Prayer by Bro. P. M. Musgrove.
After singing, and prayer by Bro. W. T. Cobbs, the Association was
called to order. On motion of Bro. J. Evans, speeches were limited to
10 min"tes. The subject of Missions was then discussed by Brethren
F. C. David, J. O. A. Pace, J. A. Howard, P. M. Musgrove and Mack
Stamps, after which, on motion, Bro. Shackelford took the pledges from
churches, Sunday Schools and individuals.
PLEDGES FROM CHtTECHES FOR MISSIONS.
Bethel (M). F. C, $ 6 00 Central New Decatur. :..'.. $30 00
Central Grove, 3 00 Danville 50 00
Enon, 15 00
Harmony, 6 57
Hopewell, $5 A's M. and $5
for F. M 10 00
Hartselle, 58 00
Mt. Pisgah, pd. F. C, .
Pleasant' Grove, pd. F. C.,. .
Russellville 20 00
Shady Grove 7 50
Town Creek, 20 00
Falkville 10 00
Hillsboro, 16 00
Lebanon 5 00
Isbell ' . 5 »'0
Mt.Zion(L.) 8 00
Mt. Nebo, (M.) 5 00
Moulton, 10 00
New Prospect 6 00
N*-w Decatur 65 00
Salem, 5 00
Somerville ... 5 00
Pleasant Hill, (L) 5 00
Trinity, pd. F. C, 10 55
Okolcna 16 00
PLEDOES FROM SUNDAY SCHOOLS FOB MISSIONS.
Central New Decatur $ 5 00
Moulton, 5 00
Town Creek 2 50
Danville $ 5 00
Russellville 5 00
Rusellville Sun Beams, 2 00
PLEDGES FROM INDIVID0AL8.
A. W. Briscoe $500
J.O. A. Tace. 1 00
J. A. Walker 1 00
Miss A. P. Johnson 1 10
Mrs, J. A. Thomason 1 00
Dr. J. M. Kitchens. (F. M.) 2 50
W. R. Frazirr :....• 2 50
J. H. Norwood 1 00
Ladies' Aid So'ty, HartseHe, 1 00
Ethel Johnson 1 00
Mrs. J. C. Hartselle, . 85
Hat collection, 8 86
Total from churches. . . $499
Total from Sunday Schools 24
Total from Individuals. '.
Total hat collection : . .
Cash collection on Sunday, 7
Total from all sources $553 44
After the pledges were taken, the reports on Associational, State,
Home and Foreign Missions, were each adopted as follows:
P.EPOBT ON A8SOCIATIONAL MISSIONS?
We, your committee on Associational Missions, report that in our
opinion a very great deal depends upon the Mission work done in our
bounds. We believe that all other Mission work, in a great degree
rests upon the work done in our midst. We are pleased with the work
done in the past year by our missionaries. We believe that when
our people see the work and its results, they are more ready to give to
the Mission cause.
We earnestly suggest that the plane recommended by Dr. Shackel-
ford be carried out. Respectfully submitted,
J. I. Stockton, Chairman.
BEPOBT ON HOME MI8SION8.
The Home Mission Board assumed its labors last year with a debt of
$8,000 and an obligation of $5,700 resting upon it. The debt was in-
creased to $23,000. plus the obligation, by the 1st of January. But not-
withstanding ail this, it* labors have been greatly blessed; as we shall
soon see. Churches have been built, houses of worship repaired, and
benighted souls have been led from the bonds of iniquity and shackels
of sin into the resplendent liberty of God. The work done; as the
Conventional report shows, there have been 372 missionaries employed •
weeks of labor, 11.075; churches and stations 1,963; sermons and ad-
dresses. 48,508; prayer meetings, 11,237; baptisms, 4,709; received by
letter, 4,746— total additions 9,455; churches constituted, 139; houses
of worship built. 67; houses of worship improved, 129; amount ex-
pended on houses of worship 852,040; Sunday Schools organized. 313-
teachers and pupils, 10,725; Bibles and testaments distributed, ^887-
tracts distributed, (pages) 645,346. We see from this, that, notwith-
standing the financial embarrassment which the Board has undergone
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its work has been glorious. And. as members of this body, we should
give our hearty co-operation to its support. For there is much yet to
be done. Therefore, let us realize that we are co-workers in the ac-
complishment of Christ's mission— the redemption of men. God's
hand will direct each penny we may give.
T. H. Johnson, Chairman.
REPORT ON STATK MISSIONS.
In presenting this report we find occasion for thanksgiving to Him
whom we serve, and whose we are. Among the last utterances of the
State Mission Journal, by our efficient Secretary, are these: "Never
did the work of this Board promise better things for the Master's glory
and the building up of the body of Christ in these parts. The outlook
in our beloved State was never so bright and promising." But the
bright and promising outlook is at the present. It remains to be seen
what the churches will do from the first of September until the No-
vember Convention at East Lake, as to whether the outlook will still
be bright. Our State Board is encumbered with vast and varied inter-
ests for our beloved cause, and to carry out successfully what has been
undertaken, calls loudly for the sympathy, prayers and help of all our
churches. We do not think the Board has undertaken too much. Let
each individual member of the Association feel his personal responsi-
bility to aid in this momentous work, that our Board may undertake
yet greater things for God. Respectfully submitted,
F. C. David.
REPORT ON FOREIGN MISSIONS.
In treating this- subject I design to show : 1st. That missions is the
spirit of the word of God. Our Saviour wan sent into the world; sent
from the heights of Heaven to the low grounds of sorrow, which lie
in the region and shadow of death, which implies a great distance, for
He savs, "I came down from Heaven, not to do my own will, but the
will of Him who sent me."— (John 5:88). Again, He says, "For the
son of man is oome to seek and save the lost." The first os these pas
sages shows great natural distance, "down from Heaven;" the other
shows great moral distance, as expressed in the words, "the lost." Now,
put the two together, and they convey the idea of a Foreign Missiona-
ry. 2nd. When the Church of Jerusalem was so greatly persecuted
that they could not remain in the city, therefore, they that, were scat-
tered abroad, went everywhere preaching the word, "Then Phillip
went down to the City of Samaria and preached Christ unto them."
That was certainly preaching to an uninformed people, and was there-
fore a Mission work.
3rd. Saul of Tarsus afterwards called Paul, the apostle, and was
converted on his way to Damascus, and the Lord said of him : "For he
is a chosen vessel unto roe, to bear my name before the Gentiles and
Kings and the Children of Israel."— (Acts 9, 15.) This man spent his
life in preaching the gospel, and in traveling by land and sea, establish-
ing churches and writing epistles, and finally died a martyr to the
cause. We have but to read bis life, to see his Mission work.
4th. Let us notice in the second place, what has been done in modern
times in the foreign field. We clip from the minutes of Southern Bap-
tist Convention, the following good news : "There has been a great in-
crease in the last twenty years. In 1877 we had sixteen missionaries
and thirty-two native assistants, making forty-eight workers in all.
The contributions at that time were $32,276. In 1897, we report 190
missionaries and native assistants; 660 baptisms; 4,324 members, and
$125,681.99 contributions. This is a great increase, for which we should
thank God and take courage. I saw a quotation the other day from
the Missionary Review, Of J u tie, 1896, which stated, "that in the United
States, there was one minister to every eight hundred persons; and in
England, one minister to every nine hundred souls. But. in the foreign
fields, how different! In Japan, one to every 250\00O. In India, one to
every 300,000. In Africa, one to every 400,000. In China, one to every
700,000. With these Tacts before us. We are bound to' see that the desti-
tution is great. And although this is the closing decade of the nine-
teenth century, yet there are thousands and millions of people who
know nothing of the Bible and the way of salvation, as taught by our
Blessed Redeemer. The gospel is preached in the foreign field by only
a few, and to comparatively few people, while the great mass of the
people are in "outer darknes, and the region and shadow of death."
In the third and last place, we inquire, what is our duty to do for
the foreign field? We answer as follows :
1st. Consider that these heathen people were made by the same di-
vine hand that made us. Therefore, that they, like we, were made for
God's glory, and we are all members of tiie great human family, and
are traveling to death and eternity alike; that their souls are as
precious to them as ours are to us. They are a part of the world which
"God so loved as to give His only begotten sou, that whosoever believ-
ed on Him should not- perish." And as Jesus Christ, by the grace of
God, tasted death for every man, then they are included as well as we.
Pray for these heathen people. Jesus said, "The harvest truly is
great, but the laborers are few; pray ye, therefore, the Lord of the har-
vest, that He; will send forth more laborers into the harvest."— (Luke 10,
2). Then we should pray for, more laborers. Joel, the prophet, said :
"Put ye in the sickle, for The harvest is ripe."— (Joel 3:18). There is
an active doing demanded. The Saviour said : "Go teach all nations,
go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature,"--
(Matt* 28:. 18). Here is a, great Work to be done. We should all be en-
gaged' in this work. Let some go.in person and all the rest of us go by
prayer, sympathy and contributions. Submitted,
THIRD DAY'S PROCEEDINGS.
October 2ud 1897, 8 :30, a., ui.
The devotional services were conducted by Rev. J. B. Kilratrick,
prayer by R. T. Wear.
The Moderator called, the Associaticn to order.
On motion, the subject of the Baptist orphanage at Evergreen was
made the special order at 11, a. m^ or immediately after the subject of
education was disposed of.
Bro. J. I. Stockton was permitted to make a statement concerning a
monument to Elder J. Speer, deceased, erected by Bro. Daniel Orr, de-
ceased. Bro. Stockton stated that Bro. Daniel Orr placed a m< nuincnt
over the grave of Elder John Speer, expecting to secure aid from the
churches. Bfo. Orr died this year, and a part of the debt is still due
and unpaid. This debt ought to be paid by us He moved that we now
raise the balance of the debt. The motion was carried and a collection
waf» taken amounting to $14.50, which was enough to liquidate the debt.
The subject of education was then taken up and discussed by Bro.
J. B. Kilpatrick, after which additional pledges were taken for Minis-
terial education, which are incorporated in the list of pledges already
given. The report on ministerial education was then adopted, as fol-
BBPOKT ON MINISTERIAL EDUCATION.
The subject of education, generally, is to-day, receiving more atten-
tion, perhaps than at any period or the past. People in almost every
community are waking up to the realization of the great need of edu-
cating their children. Well, since this is true, beyond question, should
we not as a denomination, see to it that our ministers, to keep pace
with this progress, be educated? Yes, and yea, that they should be
well educated. While we would not say one word disparagingly of
our brethren who have not had educational advantages, for indeed,
they have done such a grand work, and to-day, they are doing such
noble work, but they, one and all, realize that the time is on us that
we must send out our brethren well prepared to meet the great, ques-
tions that confront us When the Lord tbuly lays his bands on a man
to go teach, we ought po lend a helping hand towards giving him an
education, at least give him a start, then with a sound body and good
will he will go on. We trust that the young brethren whom the Lord
has called to preach, will look about them, see the vast fields of work,
and the great necessity of knowing the truth, will work earnestly and
zealously to prepare themselves- for their great life work. We hope
this body will do something to encourage this grand cause, that it may
dosomethinir to help our young brethren who are struggling to get
through the course. W.T. Oobbs,
The report on Education was also adopted as follows :
REPORT ON EDUCATION.
Education is in the air; it rides 01 the high places of earth. Its re-
searches to-day compass land and sea. All denominations are striving
for the mastery, to elevate and ennoble the people. The arms of Chris-
tianity are being tenderly thrown around the young of our generation.
We like others, are competing for the prize. Much has already been
done in fitting up institutions of learning in the State, in which the
youth of our day may flud that happiness and peace that cnmes from
christian education, and especially to education under the wise control
of Godly men and women. We point you to the Judson, at Marion, as
' superior school for young ladies. Howard College, at Birmingham,
stands with open doors Of welcome to its classic halls those who wish
to excel in the higher branches of learning. The Baptist Collegiate
institute, at Danville, stands within easy reach of North Alabama stu-
dents Its course of study embraces a Normal Department for Teach-
ers a fine Literary Course, preparing students for advanced classes in
the' University or College. Music is taught by an accomplished teach-
er, and a Business Course is attached to suit those looking to a mercan-
tile W4»rld for success. These schools are worthy the patronage of all
good people. The wise will come and drink from the limped stream of
christian culture, whose waters are pure and health-giving to the soul.
T. W. McMillan.
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The Moderator appointed Bros. F. C. David, J. L Stockton and T. R.
Bragg a committee to suggest names to All vacancies in the Board of
Trustees of the Danville school.
REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON DEVOTIONAL EXRKCISKS.
The Committee submitted the following report, which was approved :
Preaching to-night at Baptist Church, by Elder P. C. David.
" " " Methodist Church, by Elder A. W. Briscoe.
" Sunday, at 11 a. m., at Baptist Church, by Elder J. Evans.
14 11 " " Methodist Church, by Elder J. B.
to-night at Falkville' Baptist Church, by Elder J. M.
Sunday School Mass Meeting, Sunday morning, Baptist Church,
conducted by T. H. Johnson.
Bethel, Church, Sunday, at 11 a. m.. by Elder J. M. Roberts.
W. T. C0BB8, Chairman.
A motion was made and adopted that the pastors and delegates of the
churches be requested to collect at least enough from each church to
pay for one desk for the Danville school. The amount necessary will
be about 92.60. This elicited some discussion, which manifested in-
creased interest in the school. Money collected for this purpose is to
be sent to the President of the Board of Trustees, Danville, Ala. The
subject of the Orphan's Home was postponed until the afternoon ses-
sion. On motion, adjourned to meet at 1 : SO p. m. Prayer by Bro. J.
The Association met pursuant to adjournment. Prayer by Bro. J.
Evans. On' motion of Bro. J. S. Gibson, the Moderator appointed a
committee on Time and Place of Next Meeting, and Preacher of the
Introductory Sermon, with an alternate, as follows : A. J. Thames, C.
A. Womble and Mack Stamps.
THE ORPHAN'S HOME.
The special order for this hour, the report of the committee on the
Orphan's Home, at Evergreen, was then taken up and the report was
read by Bro. A. J. Thames. On motion to adopt, the subject was dis-
cussed by Bros. Thames and J. Evans. Bro. M. Stamps offered a reso-
lution, that the collection to-morrow be taken up for the Orphan's
Home. Rev. J. Evans offered a substitute for the resolution: -'That
the pastors of churches be requested to take up a collection at their
churches for the Orphan's Home." The substitute was adopted, and
pastors will please notice the request and comply as soon as possible', as
the Home needs help.
The report of the committee was adopted as follows : We, your com-
mittee on Orphan's Home, beg leave to offer the following : Under the
efficieut management of Bro. J. W. Stewart, the Home continues to do
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good work. There has been in all, seventy children carried to Ever-
green from different parts of the State since this work began. There
are about thirty-five in the Home now, and quite as many have been
adopted and giv«»n pleasant homes. The advantages these children
have are good; they are taught to work, sent to Sunday School and
to the Agricultural School. Every opportunity is offered to make them
useful christian men and women. The Home is paid for, but money is
needed to ..pay for food and clothing. We recommend that the churches
give these faithful managers of the Home their Co-operation, prayers
and support. We would urge that the pastors hold children's services
and instruct the young people concerning this great, work and they
will give to this needy cause. Respectfully submitted,
A. J. Thames,
';.• J. A. Walker.
EXECUTIVE HOARD AND TREASURER.
The following resolutions were offered by Bro. Jos. Shackelford, which
were adopted :
Resolved. — That the following brethren be appointed the, members
of the Executive, Board for the next year : A. W. Bailey, J. O. 0'r>, W.
L>. Irwin, J. M. Kitchens, 3 M. Sandlin. J. M. Shoemaker, Jourddn
White, J. N. Jackson. T. R. Bragg, J. A. Walker, Wm. East and J. Gi
TidweJl, and that seven constitute a quorum for the transaction of
Resolvkd, Second — That Bro. W. I). Irwin be appointed Treasurer
of the Association for the ensuing year.
The report on Tempera use was read by Bro. T. H. Johnson and
adopted as follows :
The subject of Temperance is one of ft*e most important questions
that demands the attention of the American people. Intemperance
corrupts pur youth, disturbs the harmony of families,, degrades the
mora' standing of communities and is the source of other evils too nu-
merous to mention. The allies of intemperance tire going about like a"
roaring lion, seeking whom t.hey may devour. With these facts. before
us, we earnestly call upon all lovers of mankind, and especially all
christians and christian minutes, to lift their voices against this curse,
and to make prayer to Almighty God for wisdom to successfully fight
this hydea-headed monster. : and we earnestly recommend to our
churches that thev keep from the membership any who drink, sell or
cause to be sold as a beverage, intoxicating drinks, and that this Asso-
ciation give her support to any movement that has for its object the
removal of the strong hold of Intemperance from our land.
J. M. Roberts.
The report of the committee on Colportage was read by Bro. J^ D.
McClanahan and was discussed briefly by him, and then adopted as
We, your committee, be leave to report. On account of t!*.e financial
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pressure on us, there has not been as many Bibles, Testaments and
other Baptist literature sold as we could desire; though our mission-
aries have done well, considering the scarcity, of money. We, as Bap-
tists, need to wake up on this subject. We believe that the colportage
work is one of the best means of reaching the people in the rural dis-
tricts. We Would urge upon this Association the importance of this
work. Let us give the people the word of God, and scatter Baptist books
and tracts in our territory. We would recommend that the Executive
Board supply our missionaries with the means to procure Bibles and
Testaments to begin their labor in their respective fields.
J'. D. McClanahan,
T. B. Bragg
The report of the committee on Sunday Schools was read by Bro. A.
W. Briscoe. Bro. Shackelford, by request, represented the Sunday
School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention and presented the
claims of that Board to the Association. Bro. J. Evans also made some
remarks. The report of the committee wa* then adopted as follows :
Your committee on Sunday Schools beg leave to report as follows :
Last vear. of the 56 churches, 36 reported Sunday Schools, with a mem-
bership of 1,210. Ten of the schools gave no'statistics. This year, out of
the 66 churches 31 report Sunday 'Snhoula, with a membership of 1,439.
Two Of the schools give no statistics, It is evident that we are not.
making the progress in the line of Sunday School work that we ought
to make. For your commit tee to urge the merits of the Sunday School
cause before this meeting, would" seem to be useless consumption of
time; As Baptists, of whom It has been said, "They are the Apostles
cf tbe world." we cannot but be alive to the importance of any work
that has for its object the dissemination of the word of God. We urge
upon the churches the importance of sending to each meeting of this
Association a full report of their*Sunday Schools, without which we
are unable to get important information concerning our denomination.
We recommend the plan, as adopted by this body last year, with refer-
ence to carrying on the Sunday School work in the bounds of this Asso-
ciation. We would recommend the use of the literature of the South-
ern Baptist Convention, published at Nashville, Tenn.
■J. M. Bragg,
A. W. Briscoe,
The Committee appointed by the Association in accordance with the
recommendation of the committee, consists of Bros. J. Evans and John
A. Thomasoi). Lt is made their duty to gather a full report-.from all
the Sunday Schools in the Association. Also, to ask pastors to organ-
ize Sunday Schools in their churches, where they have none. To do
what is within their power to promote a greater interest in the Sunday
School work on the part of the churches. Page 22 of the minutes of
1896 will give the plan as suggested by the committee.
STATE OF RELIGION.
Your Oommitte on state of religion report a* follows : It appears
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from the letters and reports of the associational missionaries, that the
spiritual condition of the churches generally, is much improved from
last year. Many churches appear to be going forward. Some report a
very low spiritual state; others have had gracious revivals.
J. C. Weaver,
J. H. Butler.
Bro. J. O. A. Face made the report on deceased ministers. On mo-
tion the Association joined in a song and prayer in memory of Elder
Mike Finney, who departed this life since the last session of the body.
The prayer was led by Bro. F. C. David. The report was then adopted
"We, your committee on deceased ministers, beg leave to make the
We find that since the last meeting' of the Association, that our be-
loved brother Elder Michael Finney has passed to his reward. In the
death of Brother Finney this Association has lost a most worthy
brother; the church a loyal and devoted servant; his family a kind
and affectionate husband and father. Brother Finney served his Mas-
ter earnestly and faithfully. In his death we feel that we have sus-
tained a great loss, but we bow in humble submission to Him, who do-
eth all things well. We commend his grief-stricken family to the God
whom he served. May we emulate his virtues and ever cherish in fond
recollection the memory of our departed Brother.
J. O. A. Pack,
. James Evans,
' R. L. Quinn.
The report of the committee on Documents was read and adopted.
"We. your committee on documents, report as follows: We find 4»
churches represented by letter and delegates. We find 80 Sunday
Schools reported, 8 regular prayer meetings. We find 3 churches ask-
ing the next session of our Association, to wit : Enon, in Lawrence
county. Macedonia, Franklin county, and Okoloua, in Lawrence county.
We find that Center Grove, in Morgan county, asks aid from the Board
to assist in supporting a pastor. New Center asks aid on their church
building. We also find that 8 churches ask for letter of dismission, to
wit : Bethel. Colbert county, Liberty, Siloam, Mt. Pleasant, Tuscumbia,
Sheffield, Mt. Stanley, Furnace Hill, Colbert county. We earnestly
request the churches of our Association to report their prayer meet-
ings and Sunday Schools.
J. D. McClanahan,
T. R. Bragg,
J. L. Richet.
The following churches were dismissed from the Association at their
request, for the purpose of joining a new Association, the Colbert-
Sheffield, Tuscumbia, Siloam, Bethel, in Colbert county, Liberty, Mt.
Stanley, Mt. Pleasant and Furnace Hill.
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The following resolutions were offered by Bro. Evans, and adopted:
Rrsolvcd That it is the sense of this body that the Sabbath day is
beine very much desecrated.' The fourth commandment, "Remember
the Sabbath dav, to keep it holy," should be faithfully taught and
clearly proclaimed in all our land. The Sabbath is designed as
a day of rest, to the soul. The soul is the instrument that guides, di-
rects and controls all the energies of the whole man, and needs the
rest provided in God's great plan. A departure, therefore from God a
provision for the alleviation of human sorrow, must be productive of
£reat evils. Sabbath desecration is an attempt to find comfort in some
other wav than that provided for us in the gospel of our Lord and Sa-
viour, Jesus Christ. We, therefore, kindly beseech all people to con-
sider carefully this evil, and render homage to the God of Heaven on
His own day.
DIVISIONS OF FUNDS.
Bro. Jos. Shackelford offered the following resolution, which was
Resolved That the Treasurer of the Association is hereby instructed
to send what tneans he may secure from the churches for Foreign,
Home and State missions, directly to the State Mission Board, Mont-
gomery Ala., and in addition to the amounts which the churches have
directed to be sent to these different Boards, and have already sent
them the Treasurer is hereby directed to send to the State Mission
Board a sufficient sum to make the contribution f, oro this Association
amount to at least $100 00 to the State Mission Board, $60 00 to the
Foreign Mission Board, and $26 00 to the Morae Mission Board at At-
TIME AND PLACE OF NEXT MEETING.
The committee on time and place of next meeting, and preacher of
introductory sermon, made their report, which, on motion, was laid on
the table. On motion, the Association proceeded to vote on the chur-
ches where the Association should be held. Enon, Mt. Zion, in Law-
rence county, and Macedonia, in Franklin county, were put in nomi-
nation. The Association voted to go to Enon church. Time, Thurs-
day before the first Sabbath in October. 1898 Bro. A. W. Briscoe was
appointed to preach the introductory sermon, and Bro. W. T. Cobbs,
BESOLUTION OF THANES.
Bro.J. O. A. Pace offered the following resolution, which was ad-
Resolved That the thanks of the Association be extended to the
brethren of Hartselle church, and the good people of Hartselle and
vicinity, for their kind hospitaliiy shown us during the session of this
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The Treasurer made the following report, which was urde red printed
in the minutes :
W. D. Irwin, In Account with Muscle Shoals Association.
Oct. 1. To Amount Cash on hand . $112 11
" 2. from Finance Committee, 272 06
8. " * . •* 96 00
" 5. From Sunday col. for Orphan's Home 30 55
'• 5. . Church col. for African Missions 8 65
"5. Mt. Hope Church, .. 20 00
" 5. Jos. Shackelford 10 00
" 5 Int. from Courtland Church funds 16 00
" 28. From Enon Church 1 55
Dee»14. , . .. Okolona Church M»n. Education 2i85
" 28. Finance Committee, 5,00
Feb. 8. To cash for Missions, Danville Church . 4 14
".3. " Liberty Church 50
" 10. From Mrs. Emma Bynuin. for Min. Educa'n 1 Of)
Apr. 2. Hartselle Church for Missions, for 1896» 10 60
iC 2. tfartselle Church for Missions, for 1897, 5 00
May J5'. New Prospect Church for Missions. . 89
'"• 24. MoultonS.S. for State Missions, 5'W
June 3. Jos. Shackelford, for Missions 3:20
" 22. Harmony Church, for Missions, .. .' 196
Sept 17. Harmony Church, for Missions, 1 86
" 28*. F, C. Owen, Bequest 20 00
' ;" " . ' $618 87
Oct. 2. By amount paid Jos. Shackelford on salary $20.32
" .2. .;, . ., Clerk.'s fee. 25' 00 .
" 5^ , Ministerial Educational Board ....... 29,79
" 5. Marion Briscoe on salary ,. 8 07-
5. » J. W. Sandhn for State Mis. Board. 13 10
•' 13. Orphan's Home. 20 56
" 27. Foreign Mission Board 32 86
" 27. African " •« 3 68
" 27. Home M " 46 60
" 27. State u " 6 65
Nov. 19. Minutes 45 00
Dec. 24. Job^ Shackelford on salary. . . 15 00
'« 28. , " " " " 9 00 . «
" 31. Jos. Shackelford for literature - 5 00
Jan. 7. Jos. Shackelford for Mis. Education. . 2 85
Feb. 3. " " . 18 66,
Apr. 1. " - •• on salary 30 66
•' 1. Min. Ed'tional Board for Mrs. Bynum 100
May 24. J. W. Sandlin, for State Missions 5 89
June 3. Jos. Shackelord, on salary 40 00
July 3. " " " " ..' .; 26 66
" 3. J. O/ A. Pace, on salary _. 17 50
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Aug. 5. --■ '■' JO. A. Pace on salary 23 45
Sept. 8. " " ."- " , •■•• 24 25
7. Jos. Shaekelford, on salary, 30 00
Sept. 30. By Amount Balance on hand $U7 ?a
There being no further business, on motion, the Association adjourn-
ed to meet with Enou Church, on Thursday, before the first Sunday in
October, 1898. The parting hand was given, and prayer was made by
Elder Jos. Shackelford.
R. T. WEAR, Moderator,
Joseph Shackelfobd, Clerk.
Notk by Clkbk.— The Association omitted to appoint t hi' Board of
Ministerial Eduoation. This was an oversight. The Executive B«>ar«
lias reappointed the old Board, the names of whom, will be found on
first page of cover. This was clearly the duty, of the Executive Board,
as they are entrusted with all business that is usually done by the As-
sociation, which Una y be overlooked, as well as to change time an l
place of meeting of Association when, necessary— Clebk.
The services appoiuted for the Sabbath were held. The Sunday
School mass meeting at the : Baptist church was led by Bro. T, B. John-
son. Speeches were made by Bros, F. C. David, J. B. Kilpatrick, Prof.
Moon, R. T. Wear and J. C. Orr. Elder J. Evans preached at the Bap-
tist church, at 11, a. m., and Elder J. B. Kilpatrick preached at the
Methodist church, at 11, a. m.. A full house at the Baptist, church met
Bro Evans, who preached a strong and interesting sermon. At the
Met hodist church the congregation was smaller. They had a good ser-
mon. Collections at both churches for missions, $7 91.
TRUSTEES OF THE DANVILLE SCHOOL.
The (Committee appointed to nominate three Trustees for the Dan-
ville School, reported the following, which was adopted: "We, your
'committee to recommend suitable persons to fill the vacancies in Mw
Board of Trustees of Danville School, respectfully recommend that
this body re-elect Dr. Jos. Shackelford, Dr. J. M. Kitchens and T. L.
Baker, for three years from 1897.
F. C. David,
J. I. Stockton,
T. R. Bbaqq.
MINUTES AND CLERK'S FEE.
Bro. A. J. Thames moved that the Clerk have 1000 copies printed,
and that he superintend the distribution or the same, and that he be
paid $25 for his services, and that the Treasurer be instructed to pay
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for the printing of the minutes and Clerk's fee, adopted.
On motion of Bro. T. R. Bragg, the Board of Trustees of the Dan-
ville School were requested to appeal to the churches of the Associa-
tion for aid to help get desks and other necessary appliances for said
KKPOKT OF FINANCE COMMITTER.
The Finance Committee made its report, which was adopted with the
understanding that (he Clerk make such corrections as needed. (See
table on page 27.) /
The Moderator announced the following standing committees :
On Associational Missions.— J. D. McCtanahan, J. J. Chnrchwell,
J. W. McMillan.
On State Missions.— F. C. David, W. T. Cobbs. R. fcf. Allison.
On Home Missions. — J. Evans. J. L. Richey, J. H. Sullivan,
O* Foreign Missions.— T. R. Bragg, T. V. Sfcocmaker, E. D. Ste^
On Education. — J. B. Kilpatrick, J. C. Tidwell, C. W. Livingston.
On Ministerial, Education. — Jos. Shackelford, W. 1). Irwin J.N.
On Orphan's Home.— M. Briscoe. VV. C. Wrijfht, J. T. Wallace.
On Tbmpebrncr.—J. E. Weaver, M. W. Ba*UnY, W. M. Roane.
On Colportage. — .1. 1. Stockton, T. H. Johnson, J. 0. Orr
On Sunday Schools. — R. L. Quinn, J. B. ShvrrHI, W.J. Briscoe.
circulation of baptist litbratub* and tracts.
Th«> committee to secure the ciroolatiou of Baptist literature and
tracts among the churches was continued, and constats of -J. I. Stockton,
T. R. Bragg and J. W. Sandlin.
REPORT OF FINANCE COMMITTEE, MUSCLE SHOALS ASSOCIATION. 1897
Klue Springs . ..
Cen. New Decatur
Cherry Hill ...
Gum Spring (M) .
Macedonia (F) .. .
Macedonia OD ...
Mt. Zlon(M) ......
Mt Nebo(F) ....
Mt. Nebo (M)
New Prospect —
Rocky Creek. . . .
Pleasant Hill (M)
Mt. Pleasant . .
Total $14 50 110 79
12 78 240 S3
Mt. Pisgab, for Orphan's Home.
J. C. Tubb. for Ministerial Education.
John t. Vlasterson. for Minutes.
J. M. Roberts. Ministerial Education.
Collections on Friday, for Miissions,
Ladle's Aid Society, Hartselle. Missions.
v iss Johnson. Ministerial Education
Collections on Sunday.
11 25, 19 15
81 5 •
$429 89. $340 33. $770 22
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CASH AND VOUCHERS
RECEIVED FOB CASH.
State Missions $ 14 50
Home Missions 10 00
'oreign Missions 82 10
Associational Missions 244 18
Ministerial Education 44 05
Orphan's Home. .. . 4 19
Minutes 19 15
Public collection 11 77
•429 89 $340 83 $770 22
By amount paid Treasurer by Committee $411 80
* 4 from New Hope Church 8 80
by R. T. Wear, Sunday's
collection 7 gj
By error, '.....'. '.'..'.'.'.'.'. 6 88
C. A. WOMBLK, i
Juo. A. Thomason, } Committee.
6. H. Huohes, )
The Finance Committee made a mistake in putting down some items
as cash, when they ought to have been placed in the oolumns of vouch-
ers. I am satisfied that this is the way the apparent discrepancy,
which is seen in the amount of cash turned over to the Treasurer oc-
curPed - Clerk.
FINANCIAL EXHIBIT OF MUSCLE SHOALS ASSOCIATION, 1897.
Mae Springs. ..
Cen. New Decatur
++ Decatur, 1st
Gum Springs (L), .
Gum Spring (M) . .
Macedonia (F).. . .
Macedonia ( >0
Mt. Nebo^') .
New Hope .':
New Prospect . . .
New Friendship. .
New Decatur 1st . .
Okolona . ..
Pleasant Grove —
Pleasant Hill (L).
$14 TO 101 76
Grand Tot il.
82 10 12 78^86 93
2 12 . . . .
94 00 > 45 80 83
19 41 62 19 v 30
♦Of tuts amount. K5.00 was giwenik memory of Miss Glenr
while she livrd. anu was a f aitlVf nl worker. / ++ This churcl
not Included in thii report. ^ y4'£'
I 12 50
12 00 2 80
672 86 88 59 3.613 4"
111* • xi
$15 00 «27 45 104 09 *36 78 * 7 50 * 3B. 481.00
Orr, by her father. .1. G. Orr. She loved the cause or Christ
has a parsoulge. Money received from individual pledges
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STATISTICS OF MUSCLE SHOALS BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, 1897
*t*lue Springs .
1 'en. New Decatur
Center Grove —
"'herry Hill ...
Gum Spring ... .
Minion Grove ...
Mt. Nebo ..
Mt- Pleasant. . . .
New Prospect . .
New Friendship .
New Decatur —
Pleasant Hill ...
Kussell villc .
Rocky Creek. . .
Somerville . !:4f9.
S h ady Grove . '■".* , !■ ,
Town Creek ....
CO UN TV
Morgan . • .
Morgan . . .
Morgan . .
Morgan . . .
Morgan . . .
Morgan . .
'•'organ. . .
Morgan . . .
Morgan. . .
Morgan . . .
Morgan . .
.1 I Stockton . ...
J R Blackmail
J C Weaver -
J D McClanahan
JO A Pace
J D McClanahan
\V T Cobbs
J C Roan
J R Blackmail .
L A Wear
AW Briscoe -
W T Cobbs
W J Briscoe
J F Stockton
J M Roberts
I W Sandlin
W C Summers . . .
J D Mci.'lauahan
R T Wear
U T Wear
J M Roberts
J R Blackman
L M Wear
W E Wright
W E Wright I J W Maples
V C David Ip R Harden
L A Ware KL Bond
J J Churchwell
J E Roan
J E Weaver . .
L A Wear
J K Roan
J I Stockton .
R T Wear
J I Stockton
J L Love
.1 W Owens
W J Weaver .
W J Collier
Jno A Thomason
M W Ratliff
E R Richerson . ..
T H Johnson.
W W Garnett
J T Wallace . ...
E W Roden
T L Simpson . .
E J Parnell
W H Muston
JnoS Howell ...
F. H. Orr ....
W .1 Cottlngham.
E T Johnson..
H J Thomason...
L W Jones —
F F Elklns
J W Yates.. .
H B Irwin
J H Butler
W H H Thompson
R B Gibson ....
G W Hargett. .
Geo W Jackson
H A McClellau
A L Stoenson ..
M H ''row
M H Masterson
W J Blackeuship
M c Bragg
J E Leeman -
W N Stewart
Lawrence 'R M Atkins
J C A
H E Weatherwax
S A Lynn
J A Moore ...
Jno M Jackson '■'.
H T Llle
T M Reod
Rk.vtarks— Pleasant Hill church was formerly called Calhoun. Sheffield churchv Furnace
Mt. Pleasant churches, with a membership of 632 reported this year were dismissed at this
* No report from the churches this year, gome churches have Sunday Schools, but give no s
lire about 30 Spnday Schools. . ValherinosoSprings church Is dropped, having made no re
Name and P. o. Address.
Somerville . .
Simpson . ..
Jno A Thomason, Decatur
J B Kil patrick. Danville
J L Thompson, Falkville
A T Tapscott, no statistics
W S Howell. Pitt
W S Stephens. Hillsboro
J M Aitchen, Hartsell
T N Vinson, Newburgh
, Joflrd White, Moulton
1 J L Richey Edmund
, ' No statistics given
V R Witt. Massed 'J
Jno W Gibson. Flint
Edper Hamilton Courtland
W J Blankensnip, Somervilf
J N Holloway, Somerville
J C Lance. New Decatur
F T Campbell. Edmund
11 P A day, Simpson
N C Greenhill, Russeliville
E F Weatherwax Moulton
S S. but no statistics
C M Livingston. Neal
JTJ-^ubb. Mt. Hope
S S, buTfnT-5tRttBt.Tcs
bert. Liberty^Mt Stanley and
did not glvtgjhe statistics
not report them. >««Thore